Tips for Bathroom Design

written by Kasey White
last updated: March 10, 2023

Are you in the process of building a new home and need to design your bathroom? Or are you thinking about renovating your current bathroom? Whatever the reason, designing a bathroom you love helps make your house your home. Whether you're looking for information on how to plan your new bathroom layout or you want inspiration on how to design your bathroom, we've got you covered. Use the tips below to start designing your dream bathroom.

Design Your Layout

Before you get to the fun part of designing your bathroom, you need to take the time to properly measure your space. You don't want to fall in love with a cabinet, tub or another piece only to find out it won't fit in your bathroom. So, the first step in creating your bathroom layout is to carefully measure the total available space in your bathroom. 

While designing your bathroom layout, consider the necessities for your bathroom. Are you designing a master bath, a powder room or a guest bath? Do you need a bathtub or shower? If so, how big do you need it to be? Start asking yourself these questions about the appliances you have decided are necessary for your bathroom. Then, consider those measurements in relation to the total amount of space you have to determine how much space is left for extra storage or design pieces. 

Remember, your first bathroom layout does not have to be the final design. As you continue with the process, you may find something that inspires you to rethink your design. That's OK, this initial layout design is more for determining the space available so you know the size limits you need to follow.

One bathroom layout tip is to account for plenty of space between your bathroom appliances and furniture. Crowding these can make your bathroom feel and look smaller. 

Decide on Storage

Of course, you want your bathroom to be beautiful, but you also need it to be functional. Including plenty of storage in your bathroom design ensures all your bathroom products are conveniently accessible. Closed storage, like drawers, vanities and cabinets, can keep your bathroom looking tidy. No more cluttered open shelves for you or your guests to look at or crowded countertops full of products waiting to be knocked over.

In fact, your storage spaces can help elevate and customize your bathroom design. Wellborn Cabinet offers bathroom vanities and cabinets in a variety of designs and styles. Choose between different woods, paint colors, stains and more to bring your dream bathroom to life. Other design options include:

  • Glass panes
  • Glazes
  • Hardware
  • Mirror frames

Seek Inspiration

Once you've covered the technical aspects, like how much space you have and how much storage you'll need, you can start focusing on the aesthetics of your new bathroom. While you may have an idea of how you want your bathroom to look, it's always smart to review all of your options to ensure you've found the perfect style for you. Plus, you never know what you'll be inspired by! Our bathroom design advice below may even help shape your bathroom design choices.


Of course, your bathroom needs substantial lighting, especially if you or your family use the bathroom to get ready. Bright lights are great for giving you full visibility while you're wide awake, but they may be too intense for those middle-of-the-night bathroom trips. Consider choosing adjustable lighting, so you can have the perfect lighting for every situation. 

For extra convenience, you may want to think about motion sensor lighting. If you have a difficult-to-find bathroom light switch or you love the ease of walking into a room and having the lights turn on automatically, a motion sensor lighting system is the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to your bathroom.


Choosing the color scheme is an exciting and challenging part of bathroom design. The color scheme of a room sets the mood, even in a bathroom. A neutral color scheme is a popular choice as it inspires feelings of cleanliness and relaxation. 


Light neutral colors, like shades of white or beige, make the room feel bigger. If you're looking for something more unique, consider darker colors like a shade of green, purple or black to create a more dramatic, luxurious feel. 


Tiles are an increasingly popular choice for bathroom floors, walls and showers. Go for a bold, graphic ceramic floor tile to bring a unique design element to the space. If you've used a lot of neutral, understated design pieces, a graphic floor will give you a fun pop. 

Adding natural stone tile to your shower can make your daily shower feel luxurious. However, if you opt for a natural stone tile anywhere in your shower, remember to seal them so they are water resistant. Another quick bathroom design tip — when choosing a tile for your floor, consider how slippery it will get when wet. You'll want to make sure you find a tile that is beautiful and safe.

If you've already got your flooring covered, consider how you can use tiles to bring texture to your walls. You can use tiles on all of your wall space or use them for an accent wall. With so many beautiful ways to use tile, the possibilities are endless.

Mirror Shapes and Sizes

Mirrors are both a functional and decorative aspect of your bathroom. When choosing a bathroom mirror, consider how much wall space you have and would like to use, the size of your sink and the height of the people you intend to use the bathroom. 

You'll want to make sure all people in your house can use the mirror regardless of their height, but other than that, you can choose your mirror based on design and aesthetic choices. 

If you have a double bathroom vanity, you'll need to decide if you want two individual mirrors — one for each sink — or if you would like one large mirror to share. You'll also have the option to choose framed and frameless mirrors and your mirror shape. Frameless oval or rectangular mirrors are considered sleek and modern, while framed mirrors or custom-shaped mirrors add a unique design element to the space.

Elevate Your Bathroom Design With Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.

Are you ready to enjoy a new bathroom that will keep you happy for years to come? At Wellborn Cabinet, you'll find a beautiful, extensive collection of high-quality bathroom vanities and cabinets. From vanities for small bathrooms to large-scale renovation projects, find the products that are perfect for you by requesting a catalog or finding a local Wellborn Cabinet dealer near you

Our dedicated and experienced team is eager to help you find the right storage for your bathroom. Contact us to learn more about our products or to speak with a team member.

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